Nestor Lozano Jr.

Actor

Nestor (he/she/they) is a Toronto/Stratford based actor, singer, dancer. Nestor’s artistry aims to challenge stereotypes, spark conversations and create space where authenticity and vulnerability shine.

Nestor invites audiences to explore the complexities of the human experience by fostering empathy and understanding – providing way for the kaleidoscope of emotions that make us unapologetically beautiful.

Catch Nestor in the Stratford Festival’s 2024 season as Tink in Wendy and Peter Pan and appearing in Salesman in China. Past Stratford credits: Angel Dumott Schunard in RENT and Mrs. Whatsit in A Wrinkle in Time


As an Asian-Canadian theatre actor, my journey is a tapestry woven with both the joys of performance and the challenges of navigating a predominantly white industry. One poignant experience that exemplifies my practice in overcoming daily barriers occurred during rehearsals for a production of a classic play.

In one scene, my character was involved in a romantic subplot with another character. However, as an Asian actor, I often found myself grappling with the stereotype of being desexualized or relegated to secondary roles in romantic narratives. Despite this, I was determined to bring authenticity and depth to my character’s romantic arc.

To navigate this challenge, I engaged in open and honest conversations with the creative team and fellow cast members about the importance of representing diverse narratives on stage. I shared personal anecdotes and perspectives, advocating for a portrayal that honored the complexities of interracial relationships without falling into clich├ęs or stereotypes.

Through collaboration and mutual respect, we worked together to redefine the dynamics of the romantic subplot, infusing it with genuine emotion and cultural sensitivity. We strived to create a portrayal that resonated with audiences while challenging preconceived notions of race and romance.

In the end, our efforts paid off. The subplot became a poignant highlight of the production, praised for its authenticity and emotional resonance. This experience taught me the power of advocacy and collaboration in overcoming barriers in the theatre industry.

As an Asian-Canadian actor, I continue to navigate daily challenges with resilience and creativity, using my voice and experiences to shape narratives that reflect the diversity of our world. By staying true to myself and advocating for representation, I strive to create meaningful and impactful performances that resonate with audiences of all backgrounds.